2012-10-26 Weekly IT Update

This week:

Student Accounts – Slow Hands

App Training – PBS vs. NPR vs. Stitcher

iPad Mini – In Case You Didn’t Know

World Languages – Mandarin

Presentations – How to Spice Them Up

Worst Passwords – 25 of Them


Student Accounts – As there have been a rise of students coming to the Tech Office with accounts that students ‘can’t log in to’, keep in mind that, in some cases, they are typing their password rapidly and may miss characters in their password. 8/10 cases of students that come to the Tech Office are able to successfully log in after we observe them and remind them to type their password slow. This also fits with ALEC as students need to log in to that service as well and just need to slow it down when logging in. The Tech Team is always ready to help but just wanted to send out a reminder to everyone to let their students know to type nice and slow to successfully log in with their account. Thank you for your assistance in this.

Training –Tuesday will bring around the next batch of App Trainings with a battle royale between PBS, NPR, and Stitcher. Come see what each can offer you. Stitcher is one of my favorite apps that I use daily and is a great way to get Podcasts delivered to you on a customized playlist. My weekly list starts out with ‘Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me’, the ‘NPR Sunday Puzzle’, ‘This American Life’, ‘RadioLab’, and more. Drop on by the Project Room on Tuesday to find out more!

iPad Mini – In case you’ve been living under a rock, Apple announced the new iPad Mini this week. The base price on it is $329 (for a Wi-Fi 16GB version) and it is a nice palm size of 7.9 inches. So far the news is that any Apple Store App that is currently on the market can be run on it. When comparing to other mini-Tablets, the iPad Mini is a bit pricier but when have Apple products ever had to worry about this as their customer base stays fairly loyal. (To compare, the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire mini-Tablets are right around $254 and $199 respectively). If you’re looking at purchasing a tablet for your family, go ahead and try them out at the different stores and see what you like. For more info on the iPad Mini check out: http://www.apple.com/ipad-mini/overview/

World Languages – It’s not too much of a shock to see that Mandarin Chinese has been coming more and more to the forefront when it comes to world languages, but it is now one of the most requested language courses in public school and continues to grow. The article below gives a deeper look into why it is becoming so popular and why more and more schools in Colorado have begun offering the course in public schools. As a side note, I was debating on what language to teach my son and I think this, at least for me, is the route to go. Check out the article at: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_21825189/mandarin-chinese-becoming-first-choice-second-language

Presentations – Need some quick tips on how to make your PowerPoint notes more engaging and interesting? Some basic tips include hints about contrast, length of slides, use of images, etc. In this short article the author gives some useful and practical tips on how to make your notes go from boring to interesting with a few simple rules. Check it out at: http://edudemic.com/2012/10/presentation-tips-slidevana/

Worst Passwords – CNN Tech recently had an article on the Top 25 Worst Passwords to have. The top two are ‘password’ or ‘123456’ but there are 23 more common passwords that you should avoid at all costs. Check out the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/25/tech/web/worst-passwords-2012/index.html


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